Do you dream of earning your degree amid the rivers, mountains and lakes of the majestic Rockies? The Masters of Natural Resources graduate program in environmental education and science communication at the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) creates a graduate experience in which the grandeur of West-Central Idaho is central to learning. The University of Idaho College of Natural Resources has once again been recognized by College Factual as ranking #8 among the best Natural Resources and Conservation programs in the country - and #1 for value.
Graduate residents in the Environmental Education and Science Communication program:
- Participate in hands-on coursework in ecology, science communication, place-based education and leadership. Read about a student’s perspective.
- Transform lives by teaching in an award-winning K-12 mentored teaching practicum.
- Study social-ecological issues of a rural Idaho town.
- Learn through a student-centered 1:6 university faculty to graduate student ratio.
- Develop lifelong relationships through supportive, community-based, learning experiences.
- Build skills for a wide range of professions. Visit our alumni webpage to see examples of the many career paths of graduates.
- Participate in a once in a lifetime trip into the Taylor Wilderness Research Station located in the heart of the Frank Church/River of No Return Wilderness.
- Live and work surrounded by the rivers, lakes and mountains of the Idaho Rockies.
Mission, Vision and Values
The mission of the University of Idaho College of Natural Resources’ McCall Outdoor Science School is to transform the lives of individuals and our communities through innovative outdoor research and educational experiences.
We envision vibrant, diverse and inclusive communities, empowered to ask difficult questions and transform ways of thinking, to collaboratively and compassionately sustain the social and ecological systems that provide for us.
As a whole, the MOSS faculty and staff value creativity, sustainability, diversity, inclusion, integrity, collaboration, and reflection.
Philosophy of Education
The Graduate Program at MOSS advocates holistic thinking to understand complex ecological and social issues of today and tomorrow. In doing so we are creating citizens and stewards that have the knowledge and competency to immediately fulfill myriad needs of organizations tackling the multifaceted challenges facing our communities.
We value intellectual participation, inclusivity and skill development to produce community leaders. In doing so we are challenged to dare, take risks and perform creative acts leading to personal and communal growth that gifts the power to make meaningful change in the world.
Do you want to join our community?
Prospective graduate students from across all disciplines are encouraged to apply, as we value the diversity of thinking that comes from all backgrounds. Our program is inclusive and we thus seek sincere, hardworking, creative applicants who demonstrate a desire to learn and a willingness to facilitate youth programs. Scholarship funding is available to support graduate students. Email us or fill out the information request form to learn more.
Apply by November 1st and receive a $500 housing discount if you choose to live on campus. Student must be accepted into the program and pay their program deposit by January 15 to be eligible for the discount.
My name is Leslie Dorsey and not only am I the Graduate Program Coordinator at MOSS, I am a proud program alumni. I look forward to speaking with you on the phone or via email to get all your questions answered about our unique one-year Master's program. Don't hesitate to contact me and introduce yourself!